Voices of Tamal-liwa: Coast Miwok Stories and Memories of Tomales Bay

Laurel Ann Riley
Laurel Ann Riley • September 1, 2022

Join us to share the significance & meaning of ancestral relationships with Jacquelyn Ross, Dean Hoaglin, Theresa Harlan, & Dewey Livingston

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In partnership with the Alliance for Felix Cove and the Dance Palace Community & Cultural Center:

Voices of Tamal-liwa: Coast Miwok Stories and Memories of Tomales Bay

Sunday, October 2, 2022



Tomales Bay is a place known well by many. It is also known as Tamal-liwa, its Coast Miwok name and with that name lives the many stories and memories of its people who lived in its coves and fished in its waters. Joining us to share the significance and meaning of ancestral relationships are Jacquelyn Ross, Dean Hoaglin, and Theresa Harlan with a historical perspective by Dewey Livingston. Join us for this important discussion.

Dean Hoaglin, Dance Captain and Headman at Olumpali, is the lineal descendant of the Tamal’ko Coast Miwok of the Huukuiko Band for the village of Etcha Tamal (Nicasio), with ancestral ties to Olumpali (Nicasio) and Liwanelowa (Sausalito), and was trained in traditional teachings and practices with family elders from a young age. For more that 25 years Dean has worked in social services promoting health, wellness and educational opportunities for local Native people in a culturally responsive manner.

Jacquelyn Ross is Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok from the counties of Sonoma and Marin in California, USA. Born to fishing and farming families, she is active in food security and food sovereignty work in her traditional tribal area and in national networks.

Theresa Harlan is the adopted daughter of Elizabeth Campigli Harlan (Coast Miwok) and John Harlan. She is the founder/director of the Alliance for Felix Cove, which works to protect, restore and reclaim her Felix Family Tamalko/Coast Miwok ancestral home at Point Reyes National Seashore on the western shores of Tomales Bay. Theresa’s family story is available as a three-part podcast at Emergence Magazine: https://emergencemagazine.org/audio-story/coming-home-to-the-cove/

Dewey Livingston is a historian focusing on western Marin County as well as topics around California. He was formerly a historian at Point Reyes National Seashore and other western parks. Dewey is the historian/co-curator at Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History and map archivist at the Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library. This fall he is finishing a 400-page book about the history of Point Reyes and Tomales Bay, where he honors Coast Miwok voices and Indigenous history in the text, acknowledging that the people of the Bay are still a part of this community.

This event is free. Proof of completed vaccination series required, and masks are required inside the Dance Palace. This event will be recorded for future viewing.